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Old 05-06-2006, 09:29 PM   #1
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Snail With Growth On Its Back... Photo

I have just brought home some snails from my LFS and I've noticed that one of them has an odd bump/growth on the top of it's shell. Can anyone identify what this may be? Thanks in advance!

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Hmmm. can you get a pic from another angel?
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The image above is shown from under the snail. You can kind of see that this isn't solidly attached to the outter shell. Here's a shot from above...

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As a snail grows so does the shell, to me it looks as though his shell is going through a growth spurt.
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Is this growth hard? Soft? Is it mobile or stationary?
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Snails' shells usually have something growing on them. My snails have coralline growing on them. One of them even has a "coral skeleton" on its shell
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Old 05-08-2006, 08:10 PM   #7
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It's most likely a hitchiker species of Limpet. There are several varieties of parasite univalves that will adhere to the outer shell of the host it's feeding off of.

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Is this growth hard? Soft? Is it mobile or stationary?
It's solid and I haven't noticed it move in the last week. It can't be removed with gentle pressure.

Steve-S, someone else in another forum also mentioned that it's likely a limpet. Can you provide a description on what limpets are or even provide a link?

Thanks for your input everyone.
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I have a snail with the exact same problem....

I have no idea what it is on the snail, but it has been there for about six months. It hasn't caused any issues other than visual.
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